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Multiple brains

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By Sharon Warner

In Dawn Harrod’s math class at West Middle School, the students worked as groups because she said, “Multiple brains are better than one.” They were modeling algebraic expressions after reading real-life situations. One example was a family took a week and three days for vacation. Write the expression for the days they spent away from home. Harrod reminded students to pay close attention to the “signal” words in the problems that would indicate which math operations would need to be used in the expressions. As she monitored the room’s work, such as that of Brianna Williams, Jacob Husband and Paden Nethery, the teacher told the class, “Because a number of you have figured out the math calculations, you’re ahead of the game....But stick with what you have now, the expression, without calculating a solution.”